Best Albums of 2018

1.Judas Priest - Firepower

Judas Priest was down for the count after the disaster "Reedemer of Souls". Judas Priest enlisted the classic Judas Priest producer Tom Allom together with Andy Sneap. Firepower is an album that is still grows with every listening and new favorite songs are slowly crystallizing.

Highlights
1. "Firepower" - The title track open the album fast, heavy and majestically! The Priest is Back!
2. "Lighting Strike" - "I'll bring you the head of the demon I'm peeling the skin from his face".
3. "No Surrender" -  Catchy chorus with blistering riffs and pounding rhythms.

 

 
2.Amorphis - Queen of Time
 
This unique band was born in the land of thousands of lakes. The music strikes a string in within the soul with its particular blend of progressive rock / metal, nordic folk music.

Highlights:
1. "Bee" - Monumental and captivating with is haunting melody and invigorating growls.
2. "Wrong Direction" Atmospheric, intoxicating and addictive.
3. "Amongst Stars" (featuring Anneke van Giersbergen ex. The Gathering) -   A beautiful melodic and melancholic duet.

 

 
3.Warkings - Reborn
Warkings is this year's "Dark Horse"! resurrected as a viking, a spartan, a crusader and a tribunal. 

Highlights:
1. "Holy Storm" Chorus-ridden with contagious catchiness
2. "Battle Cry" - Bold and anthemic.
3. "Sparta" Roars into the energetic choruses with a anthem fused glory.

 
4.U.D.O. - Steelfactory
Steel Factory is a new offering from the land of sauerkraut ."Steelfactory" is the best U.D.O. album in the U.D.O. katalog the after the amazing "Faceless World" album.

Highlights:
1. "One Heart One Soul" - Makes me want to run up the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky!
2. "Make the Move"Dirkschneider’s raspy, grated vocal style suits the meaty riffing perfectly
3. "Rising High" Fast-paced guitar attack 

 

 
5.Ghost - Prequelle 
5.Ghost - Prequelle
The albums creepy opening track "Ashes" has children chanting "Ring Around the Rosie," the english nursery rhyme that originated from the Great Plague (1665-1666) that wiped out a quarter of London's citizens.
 
A bit sceptical to the "new" singer Cardinal Copia. Papa Emeritus II is dearly missed.
 
Time for the mighty Papa Emeritus II to be resurrected from the dead and with his evil elegance and brutal appearance to dominate the world.

Highlights:
1. "Rats" Serves as an explosive opener with incredibly delicious "Jake E Lee" Ozzy Riffage.
2. "Dance Macabre" - Great Scorpion's "Big City Nights" vibes.
3. "Faith" - Neoclassical riff opens this dark, slower cadence. 

 

 
 
R.I.P. Papa Emeritus II (forever in our hearts)
 
 
6.Kamelot - Shadow Theory
The Shadow Theory concept its futuristic outlook to society a “dystopian glimpse at the complexity of the human mind and its place in an oppressive society—an obvious parallel to all of us, in the here and now.”  the album is packed with "Symphonic Progressive Metal" and stunning guest vocals from Beyond The Black’s Jennifer Haben and  Once Human’s Lauren Hart, 

 

Highlights:
1. "Phantom Divine" (Shadow Empire) Emotional and epic with an futuristic feel.
2. "Kevlar Skin" - Fast paced song with a steaming guitar vs. keyboard solo trade of.
3. "Amnesiac" - Heavy with a uplifting grandiouse chorus. 

 
 
 
7.Riot - Armour of Light 
 
Riot´s history goes back to 1975 and has gone through many musical shifts and band members. When the band's founder died, the other members asked the founder's family for permission to continue the band Riot. Permission was given and the band added a V at the end of the band name as it is the fifth band set. The album Armor of Light is a continuation of the musical style that began at the masterpiece Thundersteel.The album is adorned by Riots mascot "Johnny" who has scared away record buyers for years including myself.
 
 

Highlights:
1. "Victory" - A thunderous beginning with Todd Michael Hall´s great high-pitched vocals
2.“Angel’s Thunder, Devil’s Reign” - The mighty US power metal magic flows. 

3."Messiah" -  Fast and fierce.                                           

 

 
 
 
8.Dimmu Borgir - Eonian
Eonians music is magnificent and has a sense of cinematic grandeur.
 
 

Highlights:
1. "Interdimensional Summit" - Glommy, epic and cinematic
2. "Council of Wolves and Snakes" Dark and murky and the tribal vocals and drums are spell-binding.
3. "Lightbringer" - classic “Dimmu Borgir” sounding track

 
 
 
9.Saxon - Thunderbolt
 Thunderbolt is a stellar album but doesn¨t have that "killer" song like "Battalions of Steel "or  "Conquistador".

 

 

Highlights:
1. "The Secret of Flight" - Traditional british NWOBM metal were Byford weaves the history of flight.
2. "Thunderbolt" Heavy and merciless with the great vocal prowess of Biff Byford.
3. "Sons of Odin" - Massive riffs of raw grit and power.

 
 
10.Five Finger Death Punch - And Justice For None
 
The Las Vegas quintet Five Finger Death Punch are one of metal’s biggest upcoming bands.5FDP needs a stronger album with less ballads like their classic albums "War Is The Answer" and "American Capitalist".

Highlights:
1. "Fake" - The recognition factor of all the fake's one encountered is skyhigh.
2. "Sham Pain" - Moody reflects on his troubled past, rehab, walking out of the band, legal hassles with their old label 
3. "Top of the World" - Crushing riffs, mob-like choruses

 
 

Sweden Rock Festival 2018

Caught a glimpse of Swedish "hillbilly" hard rockers Bullet!
They got some mighty fine tunes on their latest album "Dust To Gold"
 
Stumble by Hardcore Superstar their stage banter were horrible and cringeworthy.
Luckily for them their upcoming album seems to be a return to former glory and their 5 dollar music video "Baboon" which is a Beastie  Boys "Sabotage" rip of is pretty funny and works really well. Juan Berlito is a true champion. 
 
Swedish Sleaze/Glamsters Crazy Lixx did the theme song for "Friday 13Th -The Game" called XIII
We would loved to hear more of Crazy  Lixx swedish sleaze/glam but the Finnish Queen of Steel Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast) was calling with her killer voice from Sweden Stage.
 
Battle Beast went "Straight For The Heart" and grabbed the audience by the troath!
Battle Beast were firing on all cylinders with amazing singer Noora (the female incarnate of Rob Halford) taking control of the stage in a Xena Warrior Princess like regalia.
"Black Ninja" shows the the blistering power and range of vocalist Noora Louhimo´s voice.
 
 
Strong opening for Avatarium with Into the Fire/Into The Storm
Impressive performance by Jennie-Ann Smith "Girl With The Raven Mask" was the highlight of the show
 
With the intro soundscape of “Salvation” Maria Brink entered the stage
In her her classic “Mother Maria” outfit the crowd was in a hypnotic rapture and with a mere flick of her wrist, front woman Maria Brink took complete control of the audience and In This Moment launched into  the intense and driving tune  “Blood”  
In This Moment music has a unique combination of metal, industrial and gothic and they deliver a visually epic show.

 

Maria Brink’s stage presence multiplies everytime she enters from behind the curtains to reveal a new stage costume.The band wore a Mad Max post-apocalyptic look, original member Chris Howorth lead guitar and Randy Weitzel on rhythm guitar look like twins as they both sport some dreadlocks in their hair and have similar face paint styles.Midway through the set, Brink takes her leave while the guys kick out a monster jam of some classic covers including Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” weaved into “Creeping Death". Several fans are dressed up in outfits that resemble lead singer Maria Brink and some are wearing devil horns, bunny ears, corsets and dark makeup, emulating the gothic-horror fashion Maria exuded from stage.  
 
In This Moment closed their set with their mammoth hit "Whore"
Maria Brink´s voice was stunning, as her entire presence is, wearing an over-the-top costume or a simple see-through outfit. She is beautiful and attention-demanding a force to be reckoned in the highly dramatized set  executing a powerful and sexually charged performance.
 
The Dark Element first live performance ever 
The Dark Element is fronted by the former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon together Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen (ex. Sonata Arctica).The performance was exactly what I had hoped for; over a dozen beautifully-executed anthems that straddled the line between symphonic metal and melodic metal.
I wish they played some Nightwish songs during the set from Anette´s era in Nightwish the crowd would have gone wild. Anette Olzon is a fine looking woman but she should fire her stylist and get the same stylist that Tarja or Maria Brink (In This Moment) has.The infamous "Death Stare" drummer from The Dark Element music videos was sadly a no show.
The power metal supreme force Helloween strikes at Sweden Rock Festival
"Pumpkins United'" features the current Helloween band members with the addition of singer Michael Kiske and singer/guitarist Kai Hansen.The band kicked off with "Halloween".with Deris and Kiske sharing vocals, complimenting each other perfectly and a triple guitar attack of Hansen, Weikath and Sascha Gerstner.  Kai Hansen took to the microphone to provide the vocals for the pre-Kiske era with ‘Starlight’, ‘Ride the Sky’, ‘Judas’ and ‘Heavy Metal (Is the Law’)
 
After Churchill's Speech a spitfire airplane hits the stage
In the opening seconds of "Aces High", bedlam erupts in the audience a fantastic "Where Eagles Dare" set the pace before "2 Minutes to Midnight" in the Blaze era "The Clansman" dance man Janick Gers is dancing his cringeworthy leprechaun dance.
 
Bruce Dickinson got sliced during "The Trooper"
Iron Maidens Legacy Of The Beast tour is a History/Hits tour concentrated on material from the "Magic" years 80-88 with some later deep cuts and songs thrown in. Just like KISS in 2013 Iron Maiden brough the whole stageshow to Sweden Rock Festival (no watered down "festival season" stage show as many other cheap ass headliners has) and what a marvelous stage show Iron Maiden brought.
 
"Flight of Icarus" (first live performance since September 17, 1986)
The demonic green strobes and the Burton-esque delivery of “Woe to you, oh Earth and Sea” signalled the arrival of ‘The Number of the Beast.
 
A triple encore The Evil That Men Do, Hallowed Be Thy Name and Run To The Hills
 
German Thrash behemots Kreator attacked the stage with "Phantom Antichrist"
Miland Petrozza orchestrated the midnights madness with the great guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö.
The stageset was incorporating powerful lighting rigs into their heavily backlit performance.
Live, Kreator are a model of German efficiency. 
 
The Ozzy headlining concert could have been a great event
But it felt more like a quick cash grab almost a non existing stage show? no photographers allowed in the pit or in the audience? the stage security were haunting people with cameras in the frontrows. Ozzy placed himself in the middle of stage and hardly left the place during the concert? something was fishy with Ozzy´s vocals? was he using hidden singers again like he did in Stockholm with Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Warrant)? "It looked like a big black tent. Offstage right and behind the bass bin speakers in a Stockholm arena, Ozzy Osbourne’s crew had set up a portable vocal booth. Inside the booth’s black curtained exterior was a microphone and stand, floor wedge monitor, and an intercom to communicate directly with the sound engineer. The booth also contained a video monitor scrolling lyrics — to Osbourne’s metallic solo hits like “Crazy Train” and Black Sabbath classics like “War Pigs” — from the bottom of the screen to the top. says Robert Mason"
 
Highlight of the show when the great Zakk Wylde came to the frontrow for the guitarsolo
Setlist had a strong start with "Bark at the Moon", "Mr. Crowley", "I Don´t Know" but suddenly came to a halt with the dreadful Black Sabbath song "Fairies Where Boots" "Suicide Solution" and "No More Tears" picked it up before the mundane "Road To Nowhere" and a humdrum version of Black Sabbaths "War Pigs" then a Instrumental medley with a  Zakk Wylde guitar solo were he teased us with licks from the fantastic "Miracle Man" and "Perry Mason"  the terrible "I Don't Want to Change the World" followed thankfully we got "Shoot In The Dark" and "Crazy Train" before the horrible "Mama, I'm Coming Home"
Musically Lugnet brought the 70´s rockage in full force 
The crushing blows from Z’s bass, the soar of Matti´s  guitar, accompanied with the wails from Mackan´s guitar and the driving beats provided by Jansson laid the ground work for Johan Fahlberg´s great vocals to shine.
 
 
MESHUGGAH pulverized Sweden Rock Festival piece by piece!
Meshuggah mesmerized the audience both sonically and visually with their complex "Tech" metal and stunning stage and lighting show.
 
Stratovarius has achieved legendary status in power/neo-classical/symphonic metal
and have a great arsenal of power/neo-classical/symphonic hits in their catalog. The audience was shouting for "Father Time" and other classic Stratovarius songs but the short set-list was concentrated on their later material thats unfortunate when Stratovarius once every blue moon play at Sweden Rock Festival 
A roar went through the audience when they heard opening riffs to the classic "Black Diamond" and when Mr. Johansson flawlessly soloed on the keyboards.
Tarja neo-classic symphonic metal queen
A classical music intro provides a epic, dramatic fanfare for the former original Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. Tarja´s haunting beauty and vocal majesty shines in a Nightwish medley of Tutankhamen, Ever Dream, The Riddler and Slaying The Dreamer.
 
Judas Priest start the show with the title track from amazing album Firepower!
Judas Priest is no. 1# on the swedish album chart for the first time ever with the album "Firepower" that packs more Firepower than an atomic bomb! Title track and No Surrender are pure metal perfection.
There were high expectations would Judas Priest give Iron Maiden a run for the money after relasing one of the best Judas Priest albums in ages. The stageshow was far from the glory Judas Priest stagesets of the eighties.
Halford sadly spent a lot of time crouched over the teleprompter/autocue while singing and barely moving. Something Iron Maidens Bruce Dickson has commented on "I never realized that people were using Autocues. What the f--- is that all about? People pay good money and you can't even remember the sodding words. The daftest one I ever saw was [Judas Priest's] 'Breaking the Law.' It's on the f---ing Autocue. 'Breaking the law, breaking the law / Breaking the law, breaking the law /  – guess what? – 'breaking the law.' It's ludicrous."
My complaints about the setlist there are better and more interesting deep cuts than  "Grinder", "Bloodstone" and "Tyrant" and its a mistake to replace the absolutely beautiful "Angel". The highlights were Turbo Lover and You´ve Got Another Thing Comin` where Halford left the teleprompter/autocue to connect with audience and the new songs from Firepower "Lighting Strike" and the chilling "Rising from Ruins" worked perfectly in the Sweden Rock Festival night.
 
 
Footnote: all images with the name of the blog are taken by me under the influence in the audience with a bad camera
 

Gene Simmons Band Gröna Lund

The eerie laughter from the intro to "Radioactive" spread over Sweden's oldest amusement park
"Deuce" exploded out of the speakers as Gene Simmons Band took the stage. The three guitarist attack started the party anthem "Shout It Out Loud" and a thundering "Parasite" followed.Simmons invited fans to come up on stage and chant "I Love It Loud" first verse of "Unholy" was played and the audience wanted more but got "Love Theme From KISS" instead
Monsterous and heavy "Warmachine" sent the crowd into a frenzy 
A pumping  "She´s So European" got the audience in a perfect party mood in the hot Stockholm night.
To hot for some so they had to call "Dr. Love" that got us in to the magical "Charisma" 
"I" believe in something moreThan you can understand Yes, "I" believe in me
"Cold Gin" time again Gene invited girls from the crowd up to the stage to sing the chorus to
"Do You Love Me" Wendy O` Willams song "It´s My Life" (written by Gene) made an impact.
from Gene Simmons Vault box set  we got "Are You Ready" 
A super heavy three guitar attack "Watchin´You" "Fits Like A Glove"
"Let Me Go, Rock N Roll" got audience on the stage for "Rock and Roll All Nite"
We got "Christeen Sixteen" for encore. A truly magical night in Stockholm!
42 years after the legendary KISS concert at Gröna Lund.

World Premiere! Lugnet - "Begging"

70´s classic hard rock act Lugnet is releasing “Begging” a brand new music video and single on video and music streaming services together with a cover of Sweet´s “Cockroach”. “Begging” is the first Lugnet song featuring new bandmembers singer Johan Fahlberg and guitarist Matti Norlin.

 

Lugnet will play at Sweden Rock Festival “Rockklassiker  Stage”, Friday 8 June, 23:15

From Sweden Rock Festivals Website:

“Sweden's Lugnet (pronounced "loong-net", meaning "the calm" in Swedish) deliver the tough, gritty sounds of '70s hard rock. Their eponymous debut was released in 2016 to great praise for its solid grooves and powerful songwriting reminiscent of Rival Sons and Blues Pills.”


Greta Van Fleet

Out  of Frankenmuth, Michigan population 4,944 comes the future of classic hardrock!
 
Greta Van Fleet (namned after an eldelry citizen of Frankenmuth) its the band of 21 year old twin brothers Josh (vocals), Jake (Guitar) 18 year old  brother Samuel (Bass/Keyboards) and drummer Daniel the same age.
 
The three Kiszkas in the band grew up in a creative, artistic, free environment with music all around them and Jake started the band when he was 16 years old. The first song they ever wrote, "Highway Tune" hit Number One on mainstream rock radio. Greta Van Fleet have to finish their first album to follow up to their eight-song EP "From the Fires" (containing 6 originals and two covers) The upcoming album will contain all-new songs.
 

World Premiere!Nekrodelirium - Distorted Device

We bring you wickedness and darkness with Nekrodelirium - Distorted Device

Best Albums of 2017

 
 

1. Iced Earth - Incorruptible
Iced Earth released one of their best albums in the career, Incorruptible grows with each listening.Schaffer and new guitarist Jake Dreyer from Progressive Metal band Witherfall meshes extremely well throughout the album.The opening track the "Viking" (tv-series inspired) "Great Heathen Army" sets the tone with with crunchy guitar work and delectable riffs  "Seven Headed Whore" is the best track along with "Clear the Way (December 13th, 1862)"  a 9.5-minute epic about the Battle of Fredderickson (the American Civil War) that will give you goosebumps.

 

 
 
 
 

2. Arch Enemy - Will To Power

Will To Power opens with "The Race" a bombardment of teeth gritting riffs with edgy and dark soloing. The great empowerment anthem "The World Is Yours" truly shines . Arch Enemy jumps the shark with “Reason to Believe" the worst song in the AE catalog a dreadfull (EMO cut your wrists song) I would love to hear more clean singing from Alissa White-Gluz in AE but not in the"Reason to Belive" songwriting style. Killer and stellar guitar work all trough the abum from Jeff Loomis and Michael Amott.

 

3. The Dark Element - S / T
This year's "Dark Horse" in all categories goes to The Dark Element where former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon joins former Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen. Together they create a powerful symphonic / melodic hardrock album with interesting and thoughtful lyrics. "Here's To You"  is the song that gets stuck in your head, and you will  will be humming it, a lot. "My Sweet Mystery" and "Ghost And The Reaper" are the are other stand-out tracks.

 

 

4. Kreator - Gods of Violence
The teutonic thrash metal legends Kreator release Gods of Violence the title-track is a true high-octane thrashing work-of-art with Mille and Sami Yli-Sirniö blasting their infuriated riffs like whirlwinds. Powerful, melodic thrash metal with devastating speed and soaring melodies all throughout the album. 

 

5. Beast In Black - Berseker
After being fired from his own band Battle Beast, Anton Kabanen created Beast In Black and drafted talented Greek singer Yannis Papadopoulos. The title track drives aggressively full steam ahead before the mega choruses of "Blind and Frozen".

 

 

6.Europe - Walk This Earth
The grandiose title track with a seventies feel is one of Europe's best songs of all time. The mighty"Kingdom United" with "GTO" a speeding up-tempo rocker with heavy Norum riffs and catchy hooks are highlights.

 

 


 
 

7.Inglorious - II
Heavy classic 70s hard rock with superb vocals. The album contains high peaks like "I Do not Need Your Lovin" with is arena-rock vibe and the fantastic "High Class Woman". 

 

 
 

8.Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain
After they fired their band leader, Battle Beast has gone more towards a melodic sound than the previous more metal sounding albums. I prefer the more metal sounding style of songs on Bringer of Pain like "Straight For The Heart" that will truly rattle your spine, the fast bombastic title track and the bonus song "God of War" Noora Louhimo is a outstanding singer with great vocal range.Halford comes to mind when she belts out her powerful vocals. 

 

 
 

9.Crazy Lixx - Ruff Justice
The "Poor Man's Steel Panther" has delivered a truly hilarious sleaze / eightes metal album. Best tracks are "Hunter of the Heart" with its attractive, low-budget 80's music video. "XIII" and "Killer" are also really good.

 

 
 

10. Alice Cooper - Paranormal
The haunting sinister title track is phenomenal! I would love  a Alice Cooper album in the style of the title track .The voice/song effect on the excellent "Fireball" is just terrible almost destroys the song. 


Gefle Metal Festival 2017

Opening Gefle Metal Festival is Canada’s Kobra and the the Lotus 
Ripping through cuts like “Gotham”, “Soldier” and their hit song “You Don´t Know” with true passion. Kobra´s vocal qualities are outstanding with soaring power and a delightful vibrato. 
 
Fleshgod Apocalypse walked on to the stage in victorian era clothes
to the orchestral intro "March Royale" a flashback to a eighteenth-century night at the opera.Fleshgod Apocalypse mesmerized the crowd with intricate hybrid metal/symphonic music.Masked soprano Veronica Bordacchini’s operatic delivery was amazing.
Sancturary for first time ever live in Sweden!
The show starts of with "Arise and Purify" (from their reunion album) the classic "Die For My Sins" sends the crowd into a frenzy. Mighty "Future Tense" roars "War in the name of God, or a playground killing spree, Politicians promise you the world, and a preacher cries, All he ever wanted was your money, and a bitch on the side What went wrong? Did society twist him? Public outrage no "Battle Angels" was performed? 
 
Amon Amarth bring melodic death and viking brutality.
With a drumriser made of  large replica of a battle worn viking helmet with illuminating eyes. "Death in Fire" lights upp the stage with fire. Pints flowing and long hair windmilling when Amon Amarth explode into their magnum opus  “Cry of The Blackbirds”. 
 
American Thrash Metal behemoths Testament was highly anticipated!
Testament hit the stage amid a bevy of red lights, strobes, and billows of smoke playing title track to last years Brotherhood of the Snake. Singer Chuck Billy and guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick excel with with the awesome rhythm section of Steve Di Giorgio and Gene Hoglan.Testament steamrolled the audience with “D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)”
Brazilian Thrash Metal band Nervosa impressed with raw classic in-your-face thrash
between the songs the ever growning audience chanted Nervosa, Nervosa,Nervosa the band looked a bit shocked of the great audience response.   
 
 
 
From the motherland of Black Metal Nekrodelirium 
Classical nordic melodic black metal with cold sweeping riffs and melancholy.
 
Finnish thrash group Lost Society hit the stage with verve and infectious passion.
Lead singer/guitarist Samy Elbanna tore up the stage in full throttle mode and  the band gave a killer energetic performance and sent the crowd into sheer euphoria. Elbanna and  guitar-slinger Arttu does awesome trade-off guitar leads.The atmosphere was absolutely electric throughout their performance. Lost Society are on their way to become one of Europe’s premiere metal acts.
 
After the "80´s  Horror movie music" inspired piano intro theme of "Enemy Within"
Alissa White-Gluz captured the crowd’s attention and keept it throughout the concert. A mosh pit erupted as soon as ‘ "War Eternal" started and the song got  biggest audience response of the night. 
Guitar phantoms Mike Amott and Jeff Loomis melting faces.
 
Alissa virile ferocity whipping the pit into a frenzy during "My Apocalypse" earthshaking riffs 
 
 
Footnote: all images with the name of the blog are taken by me under the influence in the audience with a bad camera

KISS Gothenburg 2017

View from our Hotel room in Goth(ia) Towers in the background you see Skandinavium Arena (sold out) 
Goth(ia) Towers King Size Shrimp Sandwich containing 200 grams of hand-peeled shrimps, mayonnaise, egg and a light salad.Probably the world´s greatest shrimp sandwich!
 
For the first time in 18 years the cry of - Alright Gothenburg.. You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world, KISS! echoes in Gothenburg. You could feel the adrenaline rush in the sold-out crowd. The Arena lights went off, the sirens sounded, and the giant banner with the KISS logo dropped,KISS emerges in a fusillade of pyro and blinding flashes desending from a the roof on a huge hydralic platform blasting "Deuce" a high octane "Shout It Out Loud" followed.
 
Bursts of flames shot into the air behind KISS. the heat from the fireballs could be felt in the audience.
In the middle of "Lick It Up" there was laser-infested rendition of The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” a fire breathing demon ended "Firehouse" and kicked in a heavy "I Love It Loud"
Guitarist Tommy Thayer took lead vocals on “Shock Me" that followed by an explosive guitar solo with his rocket firing guitar. The amazing "Flaming Youth" was performed with the led screens showing the history of KISS, a goosebump moment.

Stage was left in darkness, smoke and green light. Gene Simmons emerged from the shadows for his spewing blood bass solo and levitated to perform “Warmachine” up in the rafters. Paul Stanley teased the audience by playng  first verse and a bit of the chorus of "Shandi" before he went into a "Crazy, Crazy Nights" and it´s "Cold Gin" time again to "Say Yeah"
 
Paul Stanley soared like an eagle across the arena on a zip-line during “Psycho Circus” to a rotating saucer stage in the middle of Skandinavium Arena and to return to the stage for "Black Diamond"
 
Thunderous explosions and flames while Paul is smashing his guitar during "Rock and Roll All Nite"!
 
The explosions that soared on either side of Singer’s drum riser and sent a blast wave of heat through the arena.
 
Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer standing on swinging platforms that rotated over the audience
Ground-shaking firebombs and pyro infernos to annex a small country! 
Closing the show with "I Was Made For Loving You" and a thunderous "Detroit Rock City".
 
Footnote: all images with the name of the blog are taken by me under the influence in the audience with a bad camera.

KISS STOCKHOLM 2017

PA blasted out the last bars of Led Zeppelins ‘Rock n Roll’ and the lights went out..  
- Alright Stockholm.. You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world, KISS!!!
Loud explosions on the smoke infested stage, Paul, Gene and Tommy appeared on a huge hydraulic plattform  from above, slowly decending to the stage as bursts of flames shot into the air behind them playing "Deuce"  with the classic synchronised head bob from the three guitarists. The party anthem "Shout It Out Loud" took over and Tele2 Arena crowd got wild.
 
Paul Stanley wordlessly dividing the crowd in two and pitting the sides against each other in a scream battle.
Paul Stanley asked the ladies if the like to be licked and burst into"Lick It Up" (with a snippet of "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who) Paul Stanley addresses the audience indicating that the band has been coming to Stockholm, Sweden since 1976 (Gröna Lund with a record-setting crowd
 
 
In a wall of flames Gene got the audience chanting "I Love It Loud"
You pull the trigger of my..."Love Gun" followed.
 
Gene Simmons’ notorious fire-spitting for Firehouse 
No rockets were shoot from the guitar during "Shock Me" the highlight of the show the fantastic hidden gem on the Destroyer album "Flaming Youth" sent chills down the spine. Gene did a haunting blood ritual before blasting out a bass solo and flying to the top of the lighting rig and bursting in to heavy"Warmachine" before the sleek, streamlined pop-metal missile "Crazy Crazy Nights" hit the audience. It´s "Gold Gin" time again Gene declared. Paul Stanley got the audience to "Say Yeah". Simmons sounded great vocally and was on fire stalking the stage and flick his famous, freakishly long tongue and shined on his four-stringed runs on “Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll,” frequently willing to stray away from the song’s root-note territory.
 
During "Psycho Circus" Paul Stanley flyed on a harness out to a moving platform in the middle of Tele2 arena.
 
Black Diamond sets of a myriad of pyrotechnics and fireworks
 
The demon are watching you!
"Rock and Roll All Night" Simmons and Thayer rode over the audience on hydraulic lifts.
Streamers and confetti showered the crowd "I Was Made For Loving You" and a pulverising Detroit Rock City unleashes a final shock-and-awe blast of pyrotechnics
 
 
 
The Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and Princess Estelle attended the show. 
 
Footnote: all images with the name of the blog are taken by me under the influence in the audience with a bad camera.
 

HELLSINKI ROCK CITY!

Hellsinki” Finland’s heavy metal fans placed masks on four giant statues in the capital city to honour hard rock group KISS.

The statues, officially called “lantern bearers” but better known among Finns as stonemen, were given their makeover to mark the band’s 10th concert next week in the Nordic country, which has one of the world’s highest concentrations of headbangers.

Heavy metal is hugely popular in the Nordic countries but particularly in Finland.

World Premiere!Nekrodelirium - Necromentia


World Premiere! Frantic Amber - Gráinne Mhaol

                                       
 Welcome to Frantic City! Once You go In, You don't Come Out...

World Premiere! Lugnet - Nightwalker

Survival of the fastest..


Best Albums of 2016

 
 

1.Metallica - Hardwired ... to self-destruct

 

Metallica are back with a vengeance!!

 

Disc 1 is almost flawless and opens up with  the  titel song it´s a fast thrasher with Megadeth vibes. "Atlas Rise" is mighty and heavy with a catchy verse. "Moth To A Flame" is another standout track with heavy riffage and it´s menacing groove.

 

Disc2  It's too long, with too many tracks that go nowhere. But those songs that do work are good . "ManUnkind" and "Murder One" are substandard .The closing thrasher "Spit Out The Bone" are killer..

 

Disc3  Cool Metallica rarities and  the superb '"Lords of Summer" 

 

2. Megadeth - Dystopia

Dystopia is chockfull of thought provoking lyrics, machine gun precision guitar riffs and soaring lead work with new bloods monster drummer Chris Adler  (Lamb of God) and  Brazil guitarist  Kiki Loureiro. Megadeth's best album in ten years is a fact,  the title track is already a true Megadeth classic.

 

 
 

3.Burning Point - The Blaze

Burning Point drafts  singer Nitte Valo (ex. Battle Beast) who have lungs of steel, a female Rob Halford with superb power and Burning Point are now playing  in the Elite League.

 

"Master Them All" a speedy and high octane melodic track which really shows off the vocal talents of Nitte Valo.

 

 
 

4. Testament - the Brotherhood of the Snake

The albums is a three headed snake thrash attack!

 

Title track is a true thrash storm with adrenalizing,  crushing  riffs, shredding, blast beats and great thrash vocal delivery and  is a primer for everything that follows.

 
 

5. Lugnet - Lugnet

 

Christina Lindberg in her "Frigga" regalia (Thriller - They Call Her One Eye) are  pointing relentlessly at you from the album cover before you get knocked out by the hard "All The Way" that takes the wind out of your "Sails" 

The midnight clock strikes mercilessly in heavy "Veins" that echo Black Sabbath Tony Martin era. "Tears in the Sky" got an early Whitesnake feel .Catchy "It Ain't Easy" sounds like a hungry Deep Purple before the dices roles in "Gypsy Dice" . There's a storm brewing "In The Still Of The Water" and "Into the Light" brings you into eternity ..

 
 

6. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking

The album is a big, dragon-headed longship that sails straight into the mouth of Valhalla.

 

Highlights are fast "First Kill" with guitars sounding like a swarm of bees and the metallic onslaught of "One Against All" the heavy riffer  "At Dawns First Light".

 

 
 

7. Killswitch Engage - Incarnate

Incarnate has intricate rhythmic guitar playing and brain-splitting riffs with a rhythm section that locks it down hard.

 

"Hate By Design" is very heavy and super catchy has a chorus is worthy of a sing-along.  "Strength of the Mind" classic Killswitch on steroids.  "Until the Day" up-tempo and bombastic  with  80s metal influences  and a chorus fit for stadiums

 
 

8. Serious Black - Mirror World

Sci-fi cinematic intro introduces you to the melodic/power metal in "As Long As I'm Alive" a fast paced track with  a catchy chorus and superb vocals, "Castor Skies" has a perfect mix of melodic/power and  progressive metal elements. Great  twin guitar attack trough the album trading licks on the solos e.t.c.  

 
 

9. Inglourious - Inglorious

Title track opens with uber-heavy guitar riffage and has a great arena chorus, the massive riff and groove in "You Are Mine" get your body to  move voluntarily or involuntarily.  The Hammond orgy in "Until I Die" and the great vocal effort sets the agenda of the album.

 
 
 
 10. Last In Line - Heavy Crown

Solid straight up hard rock album with passion and power. Last in Line is the band line-up from the three first Dio albums joined by Andrew Freeman vocals. Highs are the epic "Starmaker" and fast "Martyr".


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